April 12, 2010
Filling a niche by offering help with daily living, non-medical senior care assists seniors and families, by helping to take the stress out of caregiving.
Non-medical senior care companies, such as Home Instead Senior Care, focus on companionship, but also assist with daily needs, such as meal preparation, running errands, medication reminders, light housecleaning, incidental transportation to doctor visits and other non-medical tasks.
When all of these daily tasks are being done by a professional, non-medical caregiver, it allows family members, such as grown children or spouses, to spend quality time with the senior, versus the quantity time of just spending hours doing the grocery shopping and cleaning, but not really being a companion to their elderly loved one.
Non-medical senior care can also keep a senior in his/her own home longer, since it actually makes them more independent in their own natural surroundings. It can prevent the senior from having to move to senior housing earlier than necessary, since their daily needs are being met.
Many seniors may need care, but they still enjoy the freedom of picking their own activities and doing them in their own homes on their own schedules. In fact, 89% of seniors surveyed by Home Instead Senior Care prefer to live at home versus moving to a senior facility.
Even in situations where medical/home health professionals are being employed, the family can supplement the caregiving with non-medical caregivers who can truly become the senior's companion.
Non-medical senior care also benefits family members who live a great distance from the senior. Regardless of the distance apart, you as a caregiver can have peace of mind that your senior relative is being cared for with proper meals and someone to talk to on a regular basis, even if you can't be there to do it. A good, non-medical senior care company will also communicate the senior's status or issues to the relatives regularly via phone, providing updates on their social, physical and emotional well-being.
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